Cooking with Chef Sian

Originally started as a way to share my Miami Times column ‘Cooking With Chef Sian’  with my blog followers, the posts in this section is a chronicle of my various ongoing foodventures.

Cooking With Chef Sian: Caribbean Herbs & Spices

Fresh herbs and veggies

Caribbean Herbs and Spices (the essential list) Be warned. This will be gonna be along ever evolving list. Once upon a time, some years ago I had an epiphany. Cultural cuisine is define by taste and technique. Not exactly a life changing revelation but a significant one nonetheless. I mean chicken is chicken in any …

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Cooking with Chef Sian: Pot Water, Is it a Jamaican Ting?

Is pot water a Jamaican ting? That is the question I found myself pondering last week, as a sipped on a cup of hot pot water.I can think of nothing comparable to a cup of steaming hot pot water generously flavored with bits of ground provisions, banana, and dumplings. For as long as I can …

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Green Bananas, A Favorite Caribbean Staple

Bananas have the distinction of being both a fruit and a vegetable. Green bananas are considered a vegetable. They are a staple ingredient in African, Polynesian, Asian, Spanish, and Caribbean cuisine.  Ripe bananas are a fruit that’s familiar to just about everyone on planet earth. In Caribbean cuisine green bananas are used to make a variety …

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Cooking with Chef Sian: Chef Noel’s Smoky Jamaican Jerk

Chef Noel's Jerk Marinade

When a Jamaican Chef decides to distribute his own jerk marinade, there is bound to be a little pressure. When he is one of Jamaica’s most popular chefs you know ‘the jerk’ better be good. smoky jerky? From the first moment I read the name of Chef Cunny’s Smoky Jamaican Jerk marinade I was intrigued.  According …

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Cooking with Chef Sian: Taste of the Caribbean 2016

Last week I dolled up myself, just a little and strutted over to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami. It was time for the Taste of the Caribbean 2016.  Hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourist Association. Taste of the Caribbean (TOC)  is a 4- day long showcase of Caribbean food and drink put on by …

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